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"Academic Freedom" Legislation

In recent years, most state-level legislative attacks on evolution have taken the form of "academic freedom" bills, which permit — but do not require — teachers and students to introduce creationist material into science classes. Because these bills are permissive rather than prescriptive, they may have a better chance of surviving judicial scrutiny than has past antievolution legislation.

Creationism, Ideology, and Science

by Eugenie C. Scott

Many causes and movements were discussed during the "Flight from Science and Reason" conference. Most reject science as a way of knowing, or denigrate logic or reason. Creationism differs in some important ways: supporters are science fans, not detractors, and they believe science is useful, important, and something that students should be exposed to.

In My Backyard: Creationism in California

by Eugenie C Scott

Preface

In the spring 2005 issue of California Wild, the magazine of the California Academy of Sciences, NCSE's executive director Eugenie C. Scott, a Fellow of the Academy, discussed creationism in California, in a piece entitled "In My Backyard." A section of the article briefly described controversies over evolution education in the Roseville, California, schools over the last few years.

Old Earth Creationism

Old Earth Creationism (OEC), is a variety of creationism which has existed for hundreds of years; it encompasses a wide range of beliefs. Like Young Earth Creationists, Old Earth Creationists hold that various aspects of living things were created by special supernatural intervention. Unlike Young Earth Creationists, however, Old Earth Creationists accept the scientific evidence for the age of the earth and the universe.

Discovery Institute tries to "swift-boat" Judge Jones

by Kevin Padian and Nick Matzke


As predictable as sunup, the Discovery Institute reacted to their drubbing in Federal Court (Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School Board, 20 December 2005) without the least introspection. One would have thought that after six weeks of testimony by both sides in the public debate (there is, of course, no scientific debate) about evolution and intelligent design, both sides would say, "Okay, we gave it our best shot," and at least have the common decency to read the Court’s decision before spinmeistering.

Ohio's Battle against Creationism

The Evolutionary Wars in Ohio gives an insightful report on a long fight over science standards in Ohio as the situation stood in the Fall of 2002.

NCSE news stories about Ohio in 2002

Ken Miller's response to Jonathan Wells with regard to Ohio standards.

Anti-Evolution Incidents

Anti-evolution episodes can be small or large, short or enduring, largely private or largely public. In some cases, these episodes result in legal battles and lawsuits, even reaching the United States Supreme Court. See our special section on Creationism and the Law to learn about major legal cases concerning evolution education.

Recommended Books about Creationism and Evolution

(Book titles are linked to Amazon.)

Alters, Brian J. and Sandra Alters
Defending Evolution: A guide to the creation/evolution controversy
Sudbury, Mass: Jones & Bartlett Pub (2001)

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